Sicily’s UNESCO Recognized Opera dei Pupi 

The marionette puppet theater of Sicily is one of four traditions of puppetry from around the globe that is recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity–along with the Japanese Ningyo Johruri Bunraku, Indonesian Wayang, and Cambodian Sbek Thom. The Opera dei Pupi may be enjoyed at many theaters throughout the island, mainly in…

One Monster

One of what was once over six hundred, now approximately 70,  statues of monsters, fantastic characters, imaginary animals, knights, ladies, peasants, and musicians that decorated the outer walls and grounds of Villa Palagonia in Bagheria. (Photo by Experience Sicily’s Filippo Buttitta)

Pupi Love

In Palermo’s historic center, generations of Sicilians and visitors to Sicily have been captivated by L’Opera dei Pupi di Palermo, a company started by marionette master Giacomo Cuticchio more than 80 years ago. Today his sons continue the tradition of marionette-puppetry (“pupi”) by presenting captivating productions featuring kings, angels, devils, Arabs, lords, ladies, and fantastic…

Puppeteers, or pupari, of the Vaccaro-Mauceri Opera dei pupi in Siracusa, make their fantastic puppets in a laboratory filled with wonder. Each puppet, or marionette, takes about a month to create. #sicily #sicily_travel #sicilia #sicily_tourism #italy #ig_sicily #italia #siciliaph #siciliafoto #siracusa #ig_siracusa #laboratorio #pupi #puppet #puppettheater #marrionette #inspiration

Marionette opera or Opera dei pupi traces its origins back to the early 13th century. Tales of knights and ladies can still be enjoyed when played in Palermo today. #sicily #sicily_travel #sicilia #sicily_tourism #palermo #italy #italia #pupi #puppet #puppettheater #marrionette